Angus Council approves five-year affordable housing strategy
Angus Council’s communities committee has approved its Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP) through which it is estimated that around 550 affordable homes could be built throughout the region over the next five years.
The SHIP prioritises investment in new affordable housing across Angus, ensuring that the council continues to meet the demand for good quality affordable homes. A subsidy of around £31 million from the Scottish Government’s Affordable Housing Supply Programme is said to be required.
The council said COVID-19 restrictions have severely impacted the building industry but added that its housing association and construction sector partners are determinedly continuing to deliver a full programme of new affordable housing in Angus.
250 of the new homes will be built by the council, as part of its ambitious five-year new build programme, with funding of around £37m allocated from the Housing Capital Expenditure Plan 2019/24 to achieve this.
Angus Council’s communities convener, Cllr Mark Salmond, said: “As we start the year with further pandemic restrictions, we are now more acutely aware than ever of the need for everyone in Angus to have access to good quality, affordable housing.
“I’m delighted that our SHIP continues to make a significant positive impact on the lives of people in Angus - it helps the economy; helps to maintain jobs; helps people to have safe and secure homes that are affordable, and it helps create places that people are proud to call home.”